Live music is returning to The Stoller Hall, in Manchester, as the 500-seat music venue launches its first programme of concerts since March.
Including a mix of in-person and online concerts, it is the first full programme of live music events to return to any music venue in Manchester since lockdown restrictions began in March.
The Stoller Hall are thought to be the first venue to launch a public concert programme with the support provided by the UK Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. The venue was granted £150,000 this October, in recognition of its importance to the cultural sector.
The concert series will begin this November, with performances streamed live for online ticket holders, as well as live shows for reduced capacity, socially distanced audiences in the venue itself.
Responding to global travel restrictions resulting from Covid-19, the series has been curated to explore the theme of travel, and will bring the world’s finest classical, jazz and folk music from around the world to audiences, performed by leading local, national and international performers.
Fran Healey, General Manager of The Stoller Hall, said:
“We’re fighting to return to a world-class live music experience in the face of this pandemic. With Tier 3 lockdown restrictions now in place in Manchester, we’re abiding by the strictest of Covid-safety measures. Reduced capacity ticketing in our venue means that audiences will be treated to a very exclusive experience.
“Thank you to everyone whose generous donations have helped The Stoller Hall to stay on its feet since the pandemic began. Now the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund grant has given us the means to move forwards, we will play our part by bringing some spectacular live music to our stage… supporting the cultural economy and returning world-class live music to the nation.
“Most of us aren’t doing much travel at the moment, so this programme will bring sounds from around the world to audiences, as well as music from the best of our homegrown talent.
“This is the first step on the road to recovery, and there’s a long way to go, but it’s a huge milestone – not just for us, but for the whole live music industry. Our autumn-winter programme is always a busy one, but this year it will be more emotional than we could ever have imagined.”
Launching The Stoller Hall Broadcasts series is a celebration of the best of British brass, as the British Horn Society present a recital by Ben Goldscheider and Huw Watkins, streamed live on Sunday 1 November.
On 18 November, British concert pianist Murray McLachlan will perform a live of Beethoven piano sonatas, in the composers 250th birthday year. McLachlan has appeared as concerto soloist with many leading UK orchestras.
Embracing the best of Manchester’s music scene within the programme, The Stoller Hall will be hosting a series of 3 concerts with Manchester Camerata, blending physical and virtual audiences.
Performing for both social distanced in-venue audiences and live stream ticket holders are 2019 Parkhouse Award winners, The Lux Trio. Formed in Berlin by pianist Eunyoo An, violinist Jae Hyeong Lee and cellist Hoon Sun Chae, The Lux Trio will be one of the first live European acts in The Stoller Hall programme, on Thursday 26 November.
The award-winning group have performed all over the world and received an array of awards including the first price at Gasteig Musikpreis competition in Munich, the Alice-Samter-Stiftung Kammermusikwettbewerb in Berlin, and the Artsylvia Foundation chamber music audition in South Korea. Their first album on the Korean label O’ New World Music was released in 2018.
The European leg of The Stoller Hall’s world tour will take audiences on a journey through Polish classical music. British violinist Jennifer Pike MBE, former BBC Young Musician of the Year award winner, will perform pieces celebrating her Polish roots. Manchester Collective, one of The Stoller Hall’s ensembles in residence, known for creatingintimate and captivating live music experiences,will perform work by remarkable Polish composerGórecki, for an exclusive audience in the venue only.
For full programme listings, Covid-safety information for audiences, or to book tickets, visit www.stollerhall.com